Fox News Suffers 37% Drop in Primetime Viewers in First Full Month since Firing Tucker Carlson

Fox News is feeling the pain after the shock firing of network star Tucker Carlson.

In the first full month after Carlson departed, Fox suffered a whopping 37 percent drop in primetime viewers.

Fox isn’t the only network struggling now either.

CNN is getting destroyed in ratings, despite Fox News seeing a steep drop.

Both CNN and Fox lost viewers year-over-year in May.

But they saw massive losses in viewers during the critical primetime hours while MSNBC saw gains.

In the first full month since firing Carlson, Fox News brought in 1.42 million viewers in primetime, a 37% drop year-over-year.

CNN’s total primetime viewership sank to 494,000 viewers, a 25% year-over-year drop.

MSNBC, meanwhile, averaged 1.16 million primetime viewers for a 14% percent gain compared to last year.

The primetime 18-54 age demographic numbers were even worse for Fox News and CNN.

Fox averaged 135,000 demo viewers between 8 and 11 pm for the month – a staggering 62% year-over-year drop.

MSNBC averaged 120,000 demo viewers which was a 14% increase.

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CNN saw 113,000 demo viewers – a 25% drop from last May.

Fox’s “The Five” was the highest-rated show on cable news with 2.6 million average total viewers and 267,000 in the critical demo.

Fox News anchor Jesse Watters came in second place breaking the two million viewer mark.

Sean Hannity was the third most-watched host on cable.

The latest numbers for the three top networks are as follows:

Day total viewers:

  • CNN: 416,000
  • Fox 1.09 million
  • MSNBC: 736,000

25-54 Demo:

  • CNN: 84,000
  • Fox News: 126,000
  • MSNBC: 85,000

Primetime total viewers:

  • CNN: 494,000
  • Fox News: 1.42 million
  • MSNBC: 1.16 million

25-54 Demo:

  • CNN: 113,000
  • Fox News: 135,000
  • MSNBC: 120,000

READ MORE: Top Fox News Anchors Looking to Quit Network and Join Tucker Carlson

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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